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Comment Technical Controls (Score 4, Insightful) 95

If police can do it, so can "the bad guys". Why aren't there better technical barriers in place to prevent this sort of thing? If this snooping is illegal, that's a great first step, but why are these devices even able to work? Are the mobile carriers working with law enforcement to enable these devices, or just indifferent to it?

When it came to light that law enforcement was abusing their power by indiscriminately snooping on internet traffic, we started to see more websites use encryption (birth of Let's Encrypt). When it came to light that law enforcement was abusing their power regarding accessing information stored on a phone, we started to see widespread use of device encryption (Android and iOS now encrypt by default). Is StringRay abuse the precursor to the next iteration of mobile security?

Comment Best Language Ever (Score 2, Funny) 427

They've finally done it! Java is now indisputably the best programming language available! They finally fixed all of the bugs! It's the most secure language available! Best of all, Oracle opened source the whole JVM under a copy-left license! Java 8 is indeed a game changer! These are exciting times indeed!

Comment Just used it yesterday (Score 1) 118

I just used it yesterday. It went through quickly, no real hangups. The hardest part was the glare on the pos made scanning the qr difficult. Based on how impressed the clerk was with it, I'd guess it was her first time seeing it used.

There is no printed receipt. The receipt is stored "indefinitely" on your Walmart account. Which can be viewed on your phone. If you've ever used their "savings catcher", it looks just like that.

I linked my cc to the app. Some were saying it linked directly to your bank account. I don't recall that being an option, but I already had cc on file from online purchases. It just had me verify that was the card I wanted to use.

This qr system has the potential to be safer than even the chip system. The safely of the physical pos system matters less because it's my phone sending my info. Presumably, the pos is only responsible for showing the qr and saying "thanks" when it's done.

Many of the recent compromises were due to pos that were compromised. Their website has had my cc saved for a while now without issue, hoping it stays that way.

Comment Perhaps they deserve it? (Score 1) 451

Gonna be cynical for a second...

Perhaps those people deserve to get hit. If they're doing something dumb (illegal), why should I sacrifice my life because they couldn't wait for one more stop light. If all things were equal and they also had a self-driving car trying to be as safe as possible, then I think I would be alright jumping the on self sacrifice morality train.

Is there a "my life is worth more than a dumbass" setting?

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